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Bush, Rubio Declare War on ISIS

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday the United States should declare war on ISIS and Sen. Marco Rubio said the U.S. should activate NATO, suggesting the two chief GOP Establishment candidates for president would massively increase American commitments in Iraq and Syria.

Their comments follow the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night that killed more than 130 people and wounded hundreds more. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the violence.

“We should declare war and harness all of the power that the United States can bring to bear both diplomatic and military, of course, to be able to take out ISIS,” Bush said on “Meet the Press.” “We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven’t shown the will.”

Rubio, in a separate appearance on the same program, said NATO should invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, the provision that declares that an attack on one member is an attack on all.

“I would ask our allies to invoke Article 5,” Rubio said. “This is clearly an act of war, an attack on one of our NATO allies, and we should invoke Article 5 of the NATO agreement and bring everyone together to put together a coalition to confront this challenge.”

Rubio also said the fight against ISIS was “a clash of civilizations.” But he appeared to contradict his tough talk by suggesting the U.S. should limit its commitment on the ground.

“Key to the success of this is we’re going to have to conduct an increased number of special operations attacks, targeting ISIS leadership,” he said. “Long-term, however, in the big picture, the only way to defeat ISIS militarily is for Sunnis themselves to be the bulkhead of the fight. But it will require us to do more in the short stage.”

Bush’s plan for engagement sounded more robust.

“[President Obama should] declare a no-fly zone over Syria. Directly arm the Peshmerga forces in Iraq. Re-engage with the Sunni tribal leaders. Embed with the Iraqi military. Be able to create safe zones in Syria. Garner the support of our European allies and the tradition Arab states. Lead. That’s what I want him to do. I want him to lead. He has the capability of doing this. We have the resources to do this.”

Bush accused Obama of pussyfooting around while the survival of Western civilization was at stake.

“The policy of containment isn’t going to work,” he said. “And it’s a policy of incremental, just kind of running out the clock so the next president has to deal with this. Should I be the president of the United States, I promise you that I will.”

Bush sought to draw a contrast with Hillary Clinton who said Saturday the battle against ISIS “cannot be an American fight.”

“It is our fight,” Bush said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a war and we should act accordingly.”

Significantly, he also said the United States should still take Syrian refugees, but that Christians should be the priority.

“The great majority of refugees need to be safely kept in Syria, which means the safe zones need to be serious,” he said. “I do think we have a responsibility to help with refugees after proper screening. And I think our focus out to be on the Christians who have no place in Syria anymore. They’re being beheaded, they’re being executed by both sides.”

The White House suggested President Obama is not backing off his plans to admit tens of thousands of additional Syrian refugees over the next two years.

“We’re still planning on taking in Syrian refugees,” White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We had very robust vetting procedures for those refugees.”

This article also appears on PoliZette.

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22 Responses to Bush, Rubio Declare War on ISIS

    • Agree and, as we know, and Obama has no intention of properly vetting these incomers. None. That’s beyond his personal choice and scope of options. For him , this immigration mess is the current tool necessary to push forward the state of chaos he has worked so hard to foster all these years. Obama has been programmed to think this way since he was a child. For him, chaos is the normal state of affairs. That’s why he will never recognize the proper state of affairs, and will always seemed confused, say exactly the wrong thing, and reduce himself to selfie-taking when others around him are focused on solutions.

      • Ben Rhodes, failed romance writer.

        Now CBS is standing to ask a question — laughable. Ben Rhodes’ brother is President of CBS.

        I am suffering a minute of Obama and it is pathetic….blah blah blah blah….not answering question about the lack of success of our bombing efforts…

        OMG, it is bend over belly pain painful. He is talking like everyone else is an idiot.

        • Just turned him off. He has been ask a lot of hard core questions. Stands there and rambles forever. He just made a comment about his critics . He said they suggest doing things we sometimes are already doing. They talk as if they are tough. Well that is just great, He is suppose be speaking about the Maniacs and what happened in Paris and he is going to find the time to insult a critic. We have the right to do that o…………………………………….

          • Let’s hope the governors are tough and just say no to influxes of unknowns into small towns and cities…Don’t forget FBI dir Comey says they have 900 open cases against ISIS in the US now!

  1. Understanding that both candidates are taking the opportunity to display their own plan, which may or may not boost their poll numbers, but it is still noteworthy to see the bipolarity between them and this administration.

    Obama is feckless, spineless, and will continue his defined plan to not get involved on any grand scale, preferring to sit back, pretend its not our fight. As Bush said, he will kick it down the road so the next President can deal with it.

    Once again, narcissism rules the day.


    • Can’t stand to listen to him. Will read transcript and reports. It is laughable that he thinks he is the leader of anything.

      I have called Congress critters and my Governor about the refugees and illegal immigration.

      There is a move afloat to impeach Jeh Johnson — something I have been advocating for a long time — let’s hope this takes off.

  2. Chris Plante (WMAL radio) just now reporting that Obama is saying he will not send ground troops to ME. I suppose Obama means large numbers of troops. Dunno. So there’s that. Not sure of what others at the meeting are saying or how they are reacting. Not sure of the context of Obama’s statement. More to come, no doubt.

  3. Obama says ISIS successful because they are willing to die.

    So are our brave military. No, I am not advocating anything, but they sign up to protect and defend this country, in harm’s way.

    Barack Obama does not understand the idea of willing to die for your country or your faith. Amazing.

  4. François Hollande, just now addressing a rare joint houses of the French Parliament, has announced, re ISIS and jihadists, “La France est en guerre.” France is at war. Boom. Didn’t stutter. No political correctness. They are in it.

  5. My comment is about the candidates’ comments. I would love to hear one of these ass-hats say the right thing. Something like “What would I do as President? I would defer to our military leaders, whose careers were spent practicing and perfecting how to conduct war, and give them the mandate and the resources to destroy our enemy”